Drama Workshop: A Study of Dramatic Activity in London Schools
16mm film Black & White Sound c.1955 31:05
Summary: A film made to show development of English/drama teaching though age groups.
Title number: 373
Description: A record of drama activity in London's school from beginnings in the nursery to the finished performances of adolescents about to leave education. A young girl's play acting at home continues when she joins the Triangle Nursery School. Older children at a Primary school in Stockwell are filmed using role-play during their lessons in mathematics, English and geography. Physical education classes also provide opportunities for dramatics and dance. Junior pupils at the same school use improvised drama to create characters. Drama is also used in their history lessons. A short piece of storytelling by a teacher is used as an inspiration for drama lessons and encouragement for further study. All of which leads to a performance of a Victorian story of crime and the supernatural before fellow students. William Penn School, Lambeth is used to explore how drama is used in a Secondary School. In this school lessons in history, religious studies and English are all taught with the assistance of drama. Drama students are taken in trips to see plays at venues like the Scala Theatre (on Charlotte St W1), the New Theatre, and The Old Vic. Student performances are shown using group improvisation and dance drama. The film concludes with the school play, which is a performance of Dickens' 'Great Expectations' with pupils, acting, doing make up, and managing the lighting.
Credits: Devised by: Maisie Cobby; Produced by: Anthony Jackman; Filmed by: Omega Films; Filmed by: Pioneer Films; Soundtrack compiled and recorded by : London T.A.P.E.; Music Composed and Directed by: Leslie R. Harverson
Further information: Primary Section filmed by Omega Films, Pinner. Secondary section filmed by Pioneer Films, Canterbury. Commentary spoken by teachers and children of London Schools. Inventory data suggested that this film was made for the London County Council, but the LCC does not appear in the credits.
Keywords: Drama; Schools
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Lambeth